Educational Technology

August 23, 2011

Fear of tuition fees creates Open University generation

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By Richard Garner, the Independent (UK)

A new generation of university students is choosing to live at home and study for degrees online to avoid soaring tuition fees and increasingly competitive entry requirements. Growing numbers of school leavers are signing up for Open University degree courses, which allow students to study remotely. Figures show a 30 per cent rise in 18 and 19-year-olds enlisting for courses compared with last year. Nearly one-third of the 2,100 teenagers to enrol this year come from the most deprived areas of the UK, the figures show. “The landscape of higher education has undergone some dramatic changes recently,” Christina Lloyd, director of teaching and learning at the Open University, said. “We’re seeing increasing numbers of new students aged 25 and under. However, the fastest-growing group is 18 and 19-year-olds.”

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